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(Updated   May 25 2016
Total no. of  phone subscriptions: 1.0814 billion (1081.4 million)
Mobiles  1056 million 
Landlines: 25.4 million 
Total no. of PCs: 110 million 
Internet users:  400 million  including  mobile Internet 159  million
Broadband:  163 million
(wired: 18 million;   wireless : 145 million)
TV owning houses: 150 million ( DTH: 54 million)
DTH operators: 6;     Private TV channel  826

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  Indian players compete in a sluggish tablet market, says IDC
New Delhi,  May 25 2016:  The Indian tablet market in the early months of 2016 remained flat   with total shipments of 0.86 million units (including slate and detachable form factors), finds International Data Corporation (IDC). ....
India rejigs supercomputer plans
New Delhi,  May 24 2016:  The Indian government has restated its intentions in the arena of supercomputing, with small tweaks to the earlier-stated policy.  Speaking to the Press Trust of India, two days ago,  Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary in the Ministry of Science and Technology, said government has approved the plan of the National Supercomputing Mission, under which, in modification of earlier  plans, this will now be a mix of imported and indigenous systems. ....
Extend your home hotspot
The Digisol Wireless Range Extender helps you WiFi-enable all corners of your home Bangalore, May 23 2016: The biggest enemy of the home WiFi hotspot is the very nature of modern construction -- all that steel in the concrete  distorts and  dampens the free passage of radio waves. ...
Apple CEO brings company's map development to India
Hyderabad and Delhi, MaY 23 2016:  Apple CEO Tim Cook wrapped up his India visit yesterday, by calling on  Prime Minister Narendra Modi   to share Apple Inc. ...
IT services provide, Swan Solutions, opens global delivery centre in Mumbai
Mumbai, May 21, 2016: Leading provider of Information Technology solutions -- Swan Solutions   inaugurated its first Global Service Delivery Centre (GSDC) Mumbai yesterday, with an initial investment of Rs. ...

Education and e-learning
Central Schools system joins Mappr for peer to peer learning
New Delhi, May 23 2016: With the world going digital, Indian education institutes too are geared up to take education outside the classrooms and are keen to harness advantages of technological advancement. Mappr, an online platform that establishes a learning community by seamlessly connecting academic institutions, teachers, parents and students with each other in a secure environment, has partnered with renowned school chain of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sanghathan. ....
Genext Students offers a combo of tutoring and digital content
May 18 2016: Mumbai- based Genext Students lays claim to being India's 1st Hybrid Tutoring Platform  with its combo of top tutors & digital content.  Genext Students has content panning across the curricula of four premier educational boards -- CBSE, ICSE, Rajasthan Board Uttar Pradesh Board. ....

Travel & Tourism Technology
Ixigo chrome extension helps compare travel deals
New Delhi, May 12, 2016: ixigo, India’s leading travel search marketplace has launched ixigo inspire - a Chrome extension that inspires travellers and instantly compares travel deals across travel sites. Earlier in beta, the plugin has now been fully rolled out to ixigo’s user-base and works on the desktop version of Chrome. ....
India ripe for BnB biz, says AirBnB CEO
New Delhi, May 4, 2016: Airbnb, the world’s leading community­driven hospitality company, today announced travel on the platform in India has nearly tripled in the last year, positioning it as one of the fastest growing markets in the world. The news comes  while Airbnb co­founder Nathan Blecharczykis in India  this week where he welcomed positive news by the Indian government to introduce progressive rules to encourage home sharing. ....

e-health and home health care booming, find study
May 11 2016: Technology and strong consumer demand are driving the home healthcare market. The space is dotted with healthcare aggregators, doctor discovery platforms, and start-ups offering home healthcare services. Today, the home healthcare market in India is fragmented and comprises of some exciting start-ups such as Portea Medical, Pramati Care, India Home Healthcare, Unique Home Healthcare, Nightingales, among others. ....
Startup launches healthcare app in Pune
Pune, May 10  2016: Tech start-up ThingsMeet Solutions,  has launched  its  first healthcare App “PRESCRIBEZ” in Pune. A one-stop solution for users, Prescribez  allows them to search and avail health services through the app in an easy and affordable way. ....
Lybrate launches online lab test service
New Delhi, May 8, 2016: Lybrate, India’s first and largest online doctor consultation platform, has announced the launch of an integrated healthcare solution ‘Lybrate Lab+’, enabling users to consult doctors online, get suggested lab tests done without any hassles of stepping out and continue consultation upon automatic sharing of reports with healthcare experts, without breaking the loop. ...

Product Pulse
Smartron launches its first made in India handset, the tphone
Smartron's  first 'made in India' flagship phone  has some  interesting value additions Bangalore, May 23 2016: Bright colours, lightweight, unlimited storage -- there are a lot about  Hyderabad-based  Smartron's tphone that is aimed at  quintessentially Indian tastes. ....
Ambrane P-1122: Indian Bank!
Bangalore, May 2 2016: Power banks have become must-have accessories  for mobile phone owners.   But many users  carry multiple devices when they  travel, phone, tablet, music player, e-book reader...  Ambrane's latest powerbank, the P-1122 meets such needs. ....
Kindle Oasis:Thinner, lighter, sharper
The 8th   avatar of the Kindle reader gets  closer than ever, to a real book Bangalore, April 25 2016: It is 9 years since Amazon launched its dedicated  e-book reader, the Kindle   and though there have been about seven  variants, these  come down to three models  from the  original 2007  Kindle book to the much sharper Paper White in 2012   to the   Voyager two years later ,  which came with   navigation  by touch within the book and  an adaptive light sensor. ...

IT's for you
  Industry stalwarts congregate at Microsoft & the Economic Times IoT summit
Mumbai, May 20, 2016: The Economic Times, in association with Microsoft brought together 'Internet of Things' Summit 2016  last week, to deliberat on the transformation of business enabled through IoT. The summit saw speakers from various discipline viz. ....
Noble brings Skiodo smart TV from US
Bangalore, May 17 2016: Noble Skiodo,  a technological tie-up with Skiodo Inc. from Silicon Valley, California, USA,  brings in its latest– ‘50SM48P01Smart TV’, the next evolution internet connected TV  to India at a compelling price of Rs. ....
Bamboo Spark brings note-taking into the 21st century
New Delhi, May 11 2016: Leading manufacturer of interactive pen tablets and displays --Wacom --  has unveiled Bamboo Spark, the smart folio that allows people to take handwritten notes to capture, shape and share ideas. ...
LatestOne launches affordable VR headset
Hyderabad,  May 4  2016: Leading Indian  mobile and tech accessories e-tailer LatestOne. ...
ZohoWriter: Lean, mean, write machine!
Totally crafted in India, the new Zoho Writer is a starkly minimalistic, feature-rich,  browser-based  free word processor. ...

IT people
  Ramesh Reddy takes charge of finance for LYCOS group
Hyderabad,  May 10 , 2016: India headquartered global Internet brand LYCOS,  has announced that  Y Ramesh Reddy  is to be  the Group Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director (Finance) for the entire LYCOS group. Ramesh brings more than 25 years of experience to LYCOS, including an extensive background working with public companies, corporate finance, operations management, financial planning and analysis, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. ....
Deepak Kabu is CEO of Ziox Mobiles
New Delhi,  May 10 2016: Deepak Kabu is the new  Chief Executive Officer for Ziox Mobiles,  under the aegis of Sun Airvoice  Pvt Ltd.   He has come from Intex where he was leading the organization as the General Manager. His focus in his current role will be on increasing Ziox’s presence in the market, spearheading the transformational agenda which the brand intends to do SaysVikas Jain, Managing Director, Ziox Mobiles: “We are pleased to welcome Deepak into the Ziox family. ....
IESA announces new leadership
Bangalore, April 29, 2016: The India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA),  has  announced that  K. ...

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Too early for app-only play, Myntra finds out
A year after shutting down its website in favour of an app-based model, the e-retailer has taken a U-turn, highlighting the flaws of the smartphone ecosystem...When fashion discovery portal Myntra shut down its website in favour of its mobile app in May last year, it essentially went in blind. Fast forward to a year later and Myntra is bringing back its website, and just as the Flipkart-owned company did last year, it's kicked off a raging debate about the viability of app-only business models.  Business Standard  May 10 2016

How a Kerala Collector became a Facebook hit
The Facebook page of a young District Collector who captured the imagination of an entire State with an innovative idea to help the hungry, has drawn over 2 lakh respondents and followers in just under a year. Kozhikode District Collector, N. Prasanth, who assumed office in February 2015, uses the page to bounce out-of-the box ideas off the public..... The architect of the Kozhikode food coupons programme now has 2 lakh followers.  THE HINDU, May 9 2016

Apple’s plan for refurbished iPhones Is rejected in India
India has rejected Apple Inc.’s request to import and sell refurbished iPhones to the world’s second largest mobile population, an (Indian) telecommunications ministry official said ... Apple’s rivals have mounted a public campaign against the effort, arguing that such a move would trigger a flood of used electronics while defeating the government’s Make-in-India programme to encourage local manufacturing. Bloomberg  May 3 2016


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